A guidebook to Trump-speak: think ‘bloke talking aloud in the pub’

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From overly defensive Sigmar Gabriel to delusional Michael Gove, politicians are misreading the president-elects utterances

Taken literally, Donald Trumps latest believes about the world, as retailed to the British politician Michael Gove, are frightening for Europe, the EU and Nato. But considered dispassionately, his comments are the most recent example of Trump-speak, a loose, untutored language form that politicians and envoys must now quickly learn to decipher.

As has by now been well established, Trump-speak should be taken seriously, but not literally. Large pinches of salt, interspersed with reality checks and deep breaths, are involved. The hasty, too defensive reaction on Monday of Germanys deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, to Trumps suggestion the EU could disintegrate is not the way to run. Trump could and probably will say the exact opposite tomorrow.

Trump-speak is typically off the cuff, unconsidered, contradictory, strongly conveyed and essentially transitory. It mixes long-held beliefs and prejudices with barely grasped facts and dawning realities. Its like a bloke talking aloud in the pub who only read this stuff in the paper.

So, for example, Trump revealed to Gove that he has discovered matters were not going well in Afghanistan. I have just looked at something, he said. Oh, I should not show you it at all, because its secret but I have just taken a look at Afghanistan … And you ask yourself, Whats going on there? Well, yes actually, you do.

Trump-speak is a thought-stream , not a logical or rational process. It blithely blunders into sensitive issues. It wings it, blurts and stumbles. It induces stuff up as it goes along. And it typically absence solid conclusions, leading interlocutors nowhere. The crucial thing about Trump-speak is that it is rarely his last word.

Weighing Trump-speak for subtle diplomatic subtleties, calculated hints and cloaked policy switchings is a mugs game. Thus Goves gleeful declaration that Trump had bolstered Theresa May by promising a fast-track, post-Brexit trade deal with the US looks like delusional over-interpretation.

This is the same Trump who has failed so far to fix a date to meet Britains prime minister but who found time for Gove, sacked by May, and Ukips Nigel Farage. Trump says hes a big fan of the UK. But his Scottish golf course aside, Britains interests barely register on his radar.

The Chinese have a similar interpreting problem. They find Trump-speak on Taiwan to be deeply troubling. State media are talking angrily about nuclear war. On Monday, Beijing said it would take the gloves off if Trump persisted with his heretical ideas.

But the Chinese are misreading the subject. To the extent that Trump has considered the matter at all, he appears to position Taiwan in the context of unfair US-China trade. Despite asserting his right to do so, he did not gratify Taiwans president when she transited the US last week. He could be plotting recognition of an independent Taiwan. But probably not.

Likewise on Iran, Trump says Barack Obama cut a terrible nuclear deal in 2015. His statements have provoked intense speculation in Tehran about malign US aims and defiant, pre-emptive warnings by Iranian leaders. Their misstep is to take him at his Twitter word. What seems to concern Trump most is not Israels future security. Its the money the US repaid to Tehran as part of the deal.

In Trump-speak, Nato is both obsolete and important. US and Russian nuclear arsenals must be reduced substantially, although he has previously demanded a large US expansion. Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor, is simultaneously fantastic and catastrophic.

Trump told Gove he was undecided about who he would support in Germanys September federal election raising the scandalising possibility that he might publicly take sides. And if in Germany, why not in France? Was Marine Le Pen, the Front Nationals presidential nominee, simply taking coffee at Trump Tower last week? Or was Trump conspiring with her? In the equivocal world of Trump-speak, anything is possible , nothing is certain.

Trump-speak says, repeatedly, that the US embassy in Israel will definitely move to Jerusalem until, suddenly this week, it is not up for discussion. It says the future prospects of North Korean nuclear missiles threatening the US mainland is not going to happen. Kim Jong-un, North Koreas paranoid dictator, thinks it will. So what next? Trump-speak is silent.

On Iraq, Trump is consistent but clueless. The 2003 invasion was the worst ever decision in history. US policy, he said, was akin to hurling boulders into a beehive. On Syria, Trump-speak is all over the place. The president-elect must have had a briefing, because he now favours security zones presumably, the safe havens plan favoured by Hillary Clinton.

It was terrible to shoot old ladies in Aleppo, Trump said on that, all can agree. But Trump says he trusts the shooter, Vladimir Putin, and looking ahead to doing great things with Russia. What this may mean is anybodys guess, although the Russian president likely has his own notions. A Nato pullback in eastern Europe for starters.

Trump-speak is whatever Trump believes US policy should be at any given moment. This is not inevitably how policy is or how it will be. Trump-speak is the exact opposite of George Orwells newspeak, which was all about thought control and limiting alternative ideas and choices. It is thus essentially chaotic.

Trump-speak is more akin to doublespeak. Working out what the next US president actually thinks, when he often appears not to know himself, is going to be a full-time job.

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Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns

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(CNN)Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned from his position on the campaign, the Republican presidential nominee said in a statement Friday.

“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said. “I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”
    With just under three months to go until Election Day, Manafort’s departure reflects the shifting power centers on the Trump campaign: After consolidating influence and discarding with Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Manafort has now found himself on the outs after Trump elevated two different aides to senior positions on Tuesday: Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager.
    It’s the second high profile departure from the top of Trump’s campaign structure after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski left the operation earlier this summer. A new campaign manager and executive were named earlier this week.
    A Trump source said Manafort told Trump he was becoming a distraction and he wanted to end that. A senior Trump campaign aide added later Friday that Trump lost faith in Manafort a couple of weeks ago, feeling like Manafort wasn’t quick enough with answers to his questions, instead offering to look into an issue or get him a report on it. Trump doesn’t want people around him who he thinks are moving too slowly, the aide said.
    “Trump and he don’t have chemistry,” the aide said.
    A friend of Manafort’s told CNN Saturday that he wasn’t going to take orders or relinquish power to Conway or Bannon. The friend added that’s not a knock on either of them, but just “how (Manafort) rolls.”

    Questions over Manafort’s business past

    The departure also comes as Manafort is defending himself from investigations into his extensive lobbying history overseas, particularly in the Ukraine, where he represented pro-Russian interests. Manafort has been beating back reports from multiple media outlets in recent days over his ethics, which have been egged on by a Clinton campaign eager to highlight Trump’s ties to the Kremlin.



      Lewandowski: Manafort resignation an important change


    A pair of Republican congressman have also called for investigations into Manafort’s business past.
    “I want to know what money he got from a pro-Russian organization in the Ukraine,” Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.
    “I think Donald Trump ought to really investigate this and where his chief adviser, what his association with the Russians are,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois told CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this week.
    Trump and his running mate Mike Pence were in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Friday morning, touring flood damage and meeting with residents there.
    Manafort, a longtime Washington fixture, was originally brought on in the spring to save Trump from a defeat at the Republican convention should Trump have failed to win enough delegates to clinch a first-ballot nomination. Yet his role grew to serve as Trump’s connection to the GOP establishment, telling Republican elders that their presidential nominee would run a traditional campaign that would not imperil down-ballot candidates.
    After warring behind the scenes for months with Lewandowski, who had little regard for Manafort, Lewandoswki was fired earlier this summer. That decision by Trump seemed to be an embrace of Manafort’s strategy.
    Manafort installed many of his associates in the upper echelons of the campaign, signaled his support for an allied super PAC and crushed attempts to embarrass Trump at the Republican convention in Cleveland.
    Yet as his poll numbers tumbled, Trump decisively reversed course, installing a media provacateur — Bannon — as his campaign’s CEO. Manafort’s role had been diminished, and Bannon is expected to encourage Trump to embrace the hyper-aggressive attitude that won him the primary.
    The Trump campaign said Friday that Rick Gates, Manafort’s deputy, would now serve as its liaison to the Republican National Committee.
    The Clinton campaign looked to use Manafort’s resignation to tie Trump and Vladimir Putin together.
    “Paul Manafort’s resignation is a clear admission that the disturbing connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Russia and Ukraine are untenable,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “You can get rid of Manafort, but that doesn’t end the odd bromance Trump has with Putin.”
    Trump’s son Eric said Friday that while Manafort had been instrumental in steering the campaign through the GOP convention, the former chairman’s business past had begun to detract from his father’s messages.
    “I think my father didn’t want to be, you know, distracted by whatever things Paul was dealing with,” Eric Trump told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “You know, Paul was amazing. But again, my father just didn’t want to have the distraction looming over the campaign and quite frankly looming over all the issues that Hillary’s facing right now.”
    Lewandowski said Friday that he had nothing to do with the change, but said it marked a much-needed course correction before Labor Day.
    “Well, look it’s obviously a difficult thing for anybody when they change jobs and have a position that they’ve been so invested in for a long time and really put their heart and soul into something, to not be part of it, particularly when you’re this close,” Lewandowski told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour.” “But what the most important thing is is this is a reminder to me and the American public that Donald Trump will do anything it takes to win.”

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    People Are Losing Their Shit After Release of Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails

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    Today on July 11, 2017 Donald Trump Jr. shellshocked a whole lotta people when he released his own emails — practically pulling the trigger to his own head, and providing irrefutable proof that there was some collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

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    5 Ways Post-Grad Life Will Be Better If Hillary Wins

    17 days ago

    When most people think of college, they probably envisionivy-covered houses and beautiful campuses filled with carefree young people. But the reality of college is far different.

    Some of us cant afford to look at those ivy-covered houses right out of high school, let alone attend them. Instead we opt for online universities, community college orstate schools. But no matter what route you take toward that degree, theres a lot of anxiety that comes along with the process.

    For example: By the time I finish be paid by these loans, will I be 90 or 100?

    Or, when youre a woman: Why am I getting paid less than my male equivalents when I got the same expensive-ass education?

    College affordability and equal pay are plainly on the minds of many Millennials. How are we supposed to be the futurewhen were drowning understudent loan pays?( There runs another complaining Millennial !)

    I mean, I love my mothers, but I dont think I could take more than one year of living in their cellar, imploring them to replace their ancient wireless router andgetting screamed at for accidentally deleting one of their1, 000 DVRd shows.

    Though it might not be apparent, these sorts ofissues are tied together. Without the right people in government representing us, we Millennial folk risk sliding backward economically and socially. What would happen if we no longer had the right to make our own healthcare decisions? Or if we couldnt marry the person we love?

    While one of our 2016 presidential candidates may not be tied to protecting these rights( cough, Donald Trump, cough ), at least we know one candidate is keeping us in intellect. Here are five styles post-grad life wouldbe better if Hillary wins.

    1. The biggie: She wants to induce college debt-free.

    Clinton has a plan to ACTUALLY achieve the goal of college being debt-free, along with a drastic cut in existing student debt.

    By 2021, her scheme will include no college tuition for people whose households have an income of under $85,000, with no in-state tuition for households with incomes under $125,000. Community colleges wouldbe free for all.

    The plan offersbenefits for aspiring entrepreneurs, who wouldbe able to defer their loans for three years, and social entrepreneurs, who would also be eligible for nearly $18,000 in loan forgiveness.

    How much will this all cost? Just as Robin Hood would hope, the money will come from increasing taxes on high-income taxpayers and shutting loopholes.

    Wondering how much college would costyou? Check out Clinton’scollege calculator heretofind out how much her scheme will save you on student loan debt.

    2. Womens rights will have a huge proponent in the White House.

    Hillary Clinton has been the most aggressive champion for women we’ve ever seen in a presidential nominee. Period.

    Clinton is famous for declaring in a high-profile speech that womens rights are human rights. Defending women and children has been a priority for her ever since she graduated from statute school more than four decades ago.

    Clinton wants to protect a womans right to choose, including safe, legal and affordable access to all methods of contraception.

    She also plans on launching a comprehensive effort to end sexual assault on college campuses the kind of traumatic event that sticks with young women for the rest of their lives.

    This issue is certainly among the mostsignificantcontrastsbetweenClinton and Trump. When Trump was asked what a woman should do if she wereharassed at work, he said she should just quit her job .Righttttttttt. That stance treats women’s rights as unworthy, and of course overlooks the fact that many women don’t have the luxury of simply finding another college or workplace when faced with adversity.

    3. The surrounding wouldn’t be destroyed.

    Climate change is a real issue. How anyone can still fight that simple fact is beyond me( and science ).

    Butour generation knows that we have to take care of what we have so future generations have, ya know, a planet to inhabit. On this front, Clinton wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent by 2025, something essential to combating climate change.

    A Clinton administration would also prop up the US renewable energy sector by slashing petroleum consumption( throughcleaner ga development and more stringent energy efficiency standards) and installing 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term.

    Because here’s the bottom line: Oil is a finite resource, and there will come a hour when we run out of it. Devoting resources to strengthening renewable energy the investigations and developing will not only forestall climate change, but also propel the US to the forefront of the global clean energy revolution.

    4. Equal pay will be a national priority.

    Let’s be blunt about this: It’s insane that women still earn only 79 pennies for every$ 1men take home. It attains no sense, especially when women are just as( if not more) educated than men.

    In other terms, the pay gap needs to be closed immediately.

    Of course, Donald Trump supposes the solution is for women to do just as good of a undertaking as humen. Um, I’m sorry, but last day I checked, we DO run just as hard as humen. In fact, wehave to work hard merely to prove we deserve a seat at the table.

    Hillary’s stance on equal pay is a stark contrast.

    While serving as a senator for New York, she introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the pay gap between men and women. Though its not yet been passed, the bill remains a legislative priority for her, as does legislation designed to protect and expand paid family leave.

    5. And last but CERTAINLY not least: FREE WiFi.

    Ah yes, how happy we will be if( when) PresidentClintonmakes this happen.

    In a Clinton-led America, 100 percentage of Americans will have access to affordable internet by 2020, with public places like mass transit equipped with yes free WiFi.

    Free WiFi while you’reon the subway? Free WiFi while youre waiting to committee your plane at the airport? Check and check.

    Never again will you be forced to pay for some slow, awful WiFi connection.

    Now thats a change we can believe in.


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    Fag activists are hurling a giant LGBTQ dance party right outside Mike Pence’s house

    17 days ago

    Image: jean vandevanter white/ werkforpeace

    Chevy Chase, the quiet D.C. neighborhood soon to be home to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, is about to get truly, really loud.

    Activists behind WerkForPeace and #DisruptJ20 have joined together to plan a huge queer dancing party outside of Pence’s new home this Wednesday, Jan. 18 th. Queer dancers and their allies will follow a dancing route through Pence’s new neighborhood, hoping to get as close as possible to his home.

    “We have planned a route to dancing through Pence’s neighborhood and celebrate queerness, leaving behind traces of rainbow and glitter that he is bound to see and never forget, ” Firas Nasr, a representative from WerkForPeace, told Mashable in an email. “Our most important point is to celebrate our love for one another and our diversity through dance and self-expression. He will know we are there! “

    Image: Jean van devanter White/ werkforpeace

    LGBTQ activists are deeply concerned about the vice president-elect’s recordon issues pertaining to the gay community. In the past, Pence expressed support for conversion therapy, a dangerous practise currently opposed by the American Medical Association.

    Trump himself has promised to sign the First Amendment Defense Act,which would allow business, landowners and even hospitals to turn away LGBTQ people if their needs violate the owners’ religious beliefs.

    WerkForPeace wants to make its opposition known( and, in a welcome growth, actually have fun at the same period ). The group, coordinated after the Pulse nightclub massacre, has schemed similar dancings in the past. And members are expecting a large turnout for the Pence protest 😛 TAGEND

    “Over 2,000 people have expressed interest, and virtually 500 people have[ RSVPd] to come out and werrrkkk! Yas queen! ” Nasr told Mashable .

    Pence’s new neighborhood hasn’t exactly welcomed him with open arms. Previously, Pence’s neighbours plastered the region with lesbian flags and signs that read “This Neighborhood Trusts Women.” Pence has also expressed support for defunding Schemed Parenthood and overruling Roe V. Wade.

    “We choose to bring the dance floor to the streets and assert that #WeAreHere and #WeWillDance. No longer will we remain silent about intolerance in our country, especially when it is occupying one of the highest positions in government. Instead, we choose to stand together and #werkforpeace, ” Nasr told Mashable .

    Image: jean van dewanter white/ werkforpeace

    More details about the event can be found here.

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    Maxine Waters in her signature style: ‘I cannot be intimidated’

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    ( CNN) “I am a strong black female. I cannot be intimidated.”

    That was Rep. Maxine Waters’ response, fired back after Fox News host Bill O’Reilly mocked her hair Tuesday.

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    ‘I think they like me there: ‘ Trump says he’s popular in UK despite threat of protests

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    ( CNN) US President Donald Trump arrived for a controversial two-day visit to the United Kingdom on Thursday, proclaiming he was popular with Britons because of his hardline stance on immigration and questioning Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

    Trump told the tabloid The Sun that May “didn’t listen” to his views on how she should negotiate the UK’s exit from the European union, but said that was “fine.”

    “She should negotiate the most effective ways she can, but it’s too bad what’s going on, ” the President said.

    Muslim, Arab and gay: Mashrou Leila’s Hamed Sinno speaks out

    27 days ago

    Washington( CNN) Hamed Sinno is the frontman of Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou Leila and an openly gay Arab American from a Muslim family. He reacted strongly to a crowd in accordance with the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, lamenting the two attacks against the LGBT community as well as the rhetoric against Muslims and Arabs that followed.

    “Suddenly, simply because you’re brown and queer you can’t mourn and it’s actually not f—ing fair, ” Sinno said on stage while performing at the band’s sold out indicate Monday night at The Hamilton in Washington. “There are a bunch of us who are faggot who feel assaulted by that attack who can’t mourn because we’re also from Muslim families and we exist … this is what it looks like to be called both a terrorist and a faggot.”

    The band followed Sinno’s commentaries up by a soulful performance of “Tayf” a sung off of their newest album “Ibn El-Leil” about an attack on a lesbian club in Beirut that was called “Ghost.”

    Netanyahu: Trump ‘feels very warmly’ about Israel

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    Washington( CNN) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a positive outlook on the future of US-Israeli relations under President-elect Donald Trump.

    In a “6 0 Minutes” interview Sunday evening, Netanyahu told interviewer Lesley Stahl that he is aroused to work with Trump going forward.

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